It is far and away the most common complaint we hear: “My workers hate having to take their ice cleats off and on throughout the day.”
This complaint becomes even more frequent from companies where the workers need to walk outside and back multiple times throughout the day.
And on one level we can’t really blame them.
Winter slips and falls on ice and snow are a huge contributor to workplace accident statistics, and ice cleats seem like an obvious remedy to this problem. However, there are two factors that complicate this issue:
- Most people don’t have jobs that require them to work exclusively on ice and snow
- Most ice cleats are good at just one thing: increasing traction when walking over snow and ice
If you believe that using ice cleats is a key element in reducing winter slips and falls, you are left with two options:
- Find an ice cleat that is easy to put on and take off.
- Find an ice cleat that can be kept on through out the day, both inside and out.
If you want to focus on finding an ice cleat that is easy to take on and off, look for specific design features that will assist with this task, such as dual pull tabs. Pull tabs are the portion of stretch ice cleats that sit behind the heel, giving the user something to grab on to after inserting their toe. Some considerations:
- If an ice cleat doesn’t feature a pull tab behind the heel, it should be removed from use.
- If an ice cleat features a single pull tab that narrows the heel opening when being pulled, it’s actually making the device more difficult to put on.
- Dual pull tabs allow the user to use two hands, in order to open the heel up wide for easy on and off.
If you would rather find an ice cleat that does not have to come off every time you walk inside, there is an effective option. TRANSITIONAL TRACTION® ice cleats, not only increase traction on ice and snow but also provide enough versatility to be safer than any other ice cleat to simply leave on inside.
Just because your workers may have had a bad experience with one ice cleat, do not risk your safety record by assuming they will have the same problem with all ice cleats.
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Jordan Bell is the President of Winter Walking. He has been helping organizations across a wide variety of business sectors prevent workplace slips and falls in ice and snow for over 20 years. Winter Walking currently helps some of the world’s largest organizations keep their employees both safer and more productive while working outdoors in the winter season. Contact email@example.com or visit www.winterwalking.com.Rate This Content: